Many of the nation’s most promising junior tennis players compete in the WTT Junior Nationals. This tournament is a premier national junior invitational event featuring 16 co-ed teams from throughout the U.S. The teams use the WTT format during their three days of non-elimination draw competition. In addition to the competition, players also participate in seminars and a clinic hosted by event host and WTT co-founder Billie Jean King. The 16 teams receive grants of $500 each.
Katherine Willette Leadership Scholarship
In 2009, World TeamTennis started a new scholarship program to recognize Katherine Willette, who has helped run the WTT Junior Nationals in San Diego for over fifteen years. The scholarship annually awards $500 to one male and one female attendee of WTT Junior Nationals. Winners are chosen based on essays they submit which demonstrate a variety of lessons learned, friendships made, and the impact of the coed team format on the individual player and his or her team.
Two players from the 2018 World TeamTennis Junior Nationals, Alyssa An, 17, of New York City, and Roshan Morey, 17, of Laguna Hills, CA, were awarded the Kathy Willette Leadership Scholarship after writing about a life-changing experience from taking part in the tournament. Read Alyssa’s essay here and Roshan essays here.
2018 EVENT: The 2018 WTT Junior Nationals were held July 23-26 at the George E. Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif. The California Coast Crushers claimed their first WTT Junior Nationals championship by dismissing Texas 48-11. Read more!
For information about Junior Nationals and other WTT Community Tennis programs, call 866-PLAY WTT or contact Delaine Mast, National Director WTT Community Tennis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEAM SELECTION:Team members are selected based on their sectional and national rankings, but are NOT eligible if they attained a ranking of 1-150 on the USTA Seed Selection List as of May 10, 2018. The targeted junior players are 14-18 years of age.
FORMAT:Tournament matches follow the WTT non-elimination draw format. The 16 co-ed teams are divided into 4 groups.
2018 JUNIOR NATIONALS RESULTS (view press release)
July 23 – July 26, 2018 – George E. Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, CA
Championship: California Coast Crushers def. Texas 48-11
3rd place: Barnes Ballers def. Southwest 44-29
5th place: Midwest/Racquet Club of Columbus def. Claim Jumpers 44-31
7th place: Eastern def. Pacific Wave 38-30
9th place: Middle States Superstars def. Nor Cal/ Laguna Creek Breakers 39-30
11th place: Northern Lights def. Orange County Breakers 38-29
13th place: New England Yellow Jackets def. Hawaii 40-38
15th place: Intermountain def. Tennessee 43-17
The Maureen Connolly Brinker Team Spirit Award
The Maureen Connolly Brinker Team Spirit Award is presented to the one team in the WTT Junior Nationals that exemplifies Maureen Connolly’s legendary love of the game, her competitive spirit, her commitment to fair play and her respect and high regard for others. The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation provides a $1,000 grant to be used for travel expenses for the team that wins the Maureen Connolly Brinker Team Spirit Award.
The New England Yellow Jackets (pictured above) won the Maureen Connolly Brinker Team Spirit Award in 2018 which is voted on by coaches, players and tournament officials for a team’s outstanding sportsmanship and camaraderie.